Giving it all Away

How often have I wondered what I would have done in her place?

An unmarried girl–a teenager at that–risking death for faith. But in living, she possibly invited an even worse fate: abandonment, ridicule, isolation. A lifetime of sorrow because of this obedience.

What would I have done? Could I have responded with such…grace?

I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said.

Such courage, such fire, such nettle in these words.

Would I have believed?

It must have taken a faith of steel. This thing–this conception–it was impossible, was it not? Yet, as Gabriel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

Her cousin, filled with the Holy Spirit, said it.

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!

Mary believed.

How could she know what it would cost?

She carried the Child of God inside her, birthed him, fed him at her breast, loved him as only a mother can–never fully understanding how God’s plan would be accomplished.

Trusting in the goodness of God.

We often underestimate the courage it took to face a society with such uncompromising laws–ones that placed little value on a woman’s life.

Do we see Mary’s response as passive, submissive, meek?

Grace. Courage. Strength.

This is the Mary I see.

Who is she to you?

If you would like to have a chance to read more about Mary, head over to Seedlings in Stone for a chance to win a copy of Scot McKnight’s book The Real Mary. Her contest runs until Oct. 8 at 6pm. Also, in celebration of a brave teen, I’m giving away two copies of my book Brody’s Story. Just leave a comment here by Wednesday October 7 to be entered for a chance to win.


  1. says

    “she possibly invited an even worse fate: abandonment, ridicule, isolation” …she could have even been stoned under their laws of the day. Yet she submitted gracefully to God’s plan for her life. I’ve always been in awe of her willingness. Great thoughts!

  2. says

    I stand in awe of Mary. I can not even imagine the ridicule. We all know how cruel people can be and the rumors they fling around. I am thankful Mary was a willing vessel!

  3. says

    I see Mary as a woman who is strong beyond belief, obedient in the face of fear, and filled with the kind of grace that only the Lord God Almighty can produce!

  4. says

    Yup, my childhood view of her was that she was wimpy and meek. Oh, not so. Your words are much better: courage, strength. Brave! I wonder in what ways I can show that same godly bravery…

  5. says

    In my Bible I have written by the story in Luke 2 “Mary counted the cost to herself and was totally submissive She embraced God’s will and yielded in obedience.” (from a sermon on Mary)
    That is how I see this beautiful young woman. She had that absolute trust I long for in my own life.

  6. says

    I was always in awe of the fact that Mary carried Christ inside of her …. I thought how amazing was that.

    Until He reminded me that we also carry Him. We have His Spirit.

  7. says

    You cite the idea of cost – did Mary know what saying “yes” to the angel would cost? She likely knew the upfront cost — the reaction of the village to her pregnancy, how it would threaten her engagement/marriage to Joseph, possibly even the physical threat of something like stoning. But the ultimate cost of watching your child killed in a particularly brutal, awful way for the sake of the world, taking on the sin of the world, becoming the sin of the world? I ask myself how she could have stood that had she known. Thanks for a great post.

  8. says

    Mary held God’s promise to the world. She knew what happened in the encounter with the angel. No one could take that away from her. Imagine blogging that story. Mary’s eyes were opened to the supernatural. Her life was forever changed. She believed and she lived her life knowing there was MORE than she could see going on around her. I think we should should have much in common with Mary.

  9. says

    One of the greatest scenes from Gibson’s “Passion” (for me) was watching young Mary clambering down from the back of the wagon when she returned from cousin Elizabeth’s home. The looks exchanged between her and Joseph nearly dropped me to the floor.

    We just have no idea what this young girl, later grown woman who watched — though close enough to grab onto him and pull him back to her breast — as her son — whom she knew was His Son — gave all.

    What she gave to have Him, and what she gave to lose Him … all so we could have Him too.


  10. says

    Oh, I love this post, and the poem you had above it too! I actually linked my post about my friend, “forever grateful” to L.L. Barkat’s post about Mary…. she was looking for something about friendship and grace, and I just couldn’t think of anything off the top of my head….. except that post. HOpefully it will be what she was looking for.. 🙂

    Oh, do enter me in your drawing! 🙂

    Love you!

  11. says

    Laura I have been catching up in blogland today. Your comments mean a lot to me. Thank you for taking the time.

    The conversations about Mary have been many and there are a few powerful insights to consider.

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